A Look at Nehemiah Chapter Three

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Nehemiah Chapter Three

Nehemiah chapter three is interesting. The entire thing consists mostly of a long list of people doing repairs in Jerusalem. At first glance it may seem like there isn’t much to it, but a more thorough reading reveals some pretty cool details.

The only thing that stood out to me at first was the coming together of God’s people to rebuild their fallen city. That’s pretty amazing if you ask me. All different types of people from all over, from different backgrounds and career paths, worked hard with their families to rebuild the city. It’s kind of like an opposite to the Tower of Babel, wherein people sought to build a tower to heaven without including God.

In this chapter we see people under the grace of God rebuilding a city to bring God honor. And it was successful, whereas the Tower of Babel project definitely wasn’t.

As an aside while talking of that particular tower, I wrote a book called SACRED: Book One of the NIMEAN Trilogy (and am currently writing book two). I’ve described the series as contemporary Christian science-fiction. The series has heavy Christian themes, to the point of being called “Chri-fi.” The person who said that undoubtedly meant it as a pejorative given that they gave it a one star review on Amazon, but I like it. In any case, there is a major metaphor in the series involving my interpretation of a modern day “tower of babel,” in that humanity tries to attain immortality sans God, ultimately causing the destruction of the human race. If that sounds interesting, check it out at the link above.

Anyway, that friend who invited me to study this book pointed out that the priests were mentioned first as rebuilding the city, showing their willingness to get out in front and lead by example as servant leaders. Also, the fact that there were people like goldsmiths and perfumers there working shows that God can and will use anyone. Finally, it was shown that men were working with their immediate families, showing how important it is for fathers to show their children the work and the ways of God; how to honor and obey Him.

My friend also pointed out the truth that this book shows heavily just how real the Bible is. It isn’t set in a fantasy world, it’s set here on Earth. That may seem like an unimportant detail, but it is huge. The Bible, again and again, reaffirms it’s place in our own human history. We see men building a city. We see the stories playing out in real world places. The Bible is a book of practicality and history on top of everything else it is. I don’t know about you but for me that makes it even more amazing.

That’s it for today. Thoughts? Leave them below!

Until next time,
JP

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